Dust and sand storms: UN Resident Coordinator in I. R. of Iran, Mr. Gary Lewis’ interview with BBC Persian

03 Feb 2014

  

BBC Persian's interview with the UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Gary Lewis

According to a series of words and deeds since coming to office, Iran’s environmental concerns are on top of the agenda for the “Government of Prudence and Hope.”  Some of the challenges Iran is facing are the issue of Lake Uromiyeh, the Hamouns, water scarcity, air pollution, biodiversity loss among others.

Ms. Masoumeh Ebtekar, Vice President and Head of Iran’s Department of Environment arrived in Iraq on 31 January for a five-day visit to hold talks with the country’s officials on environmental issues. 

In particular, the aim of the trip is to strengthen environmental cooperation between the two neighboring countries to address the problem of dust and sand storms which have been blowing into Iran from Iraq during the past seven years.


Severe dust storms in the city of Ahvaz in southwestern Iran has brought life to a halt causing closure of schools and offices

As background to this visit, BBC Persia interviewed the UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Gary Lewis.

Mr. Lewis also serves as the UNDP Resident Representative in Iran.  He shared his perspective on the dust and sand storm issue.  Mr. Lewis also emphasized the UN’s growing partnership with the Government to address these challenges. 

To watch the interview click on the above link.

Of related interest: One of the mandates of UNDP is “Environment and Sustainable Development” and in line with this a number of ongoing projects are being carried out with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and other national and international counterparts.